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Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge
April 12, 2019

The Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Investing Challenge harnesses the power of capital markets and student creativity to create positive impact in a world of perpetual resource scarcity and continued population growth. Every year, the Kellogg School of Management and Morgan Stanley partner to host the challenge where teams of graduate students from around the globe develop and pitch creative financial approaches to tackle our world’s most pressing challenges.

Description
The Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge harnesses the power of capital markets and student creativity to create positive impact in a world of perpetual resource scarcity and continued population growth. Every year, the Kellogg School of Management and Morgan Stanley partner to host the challenge where teams of graduate students from around the globe develop and pitch creative financial approaches to tackle our world’s most pressing challenges.

Contestants must propose and defend a strategy that uses finance and investment tools rather than an operating enterprise to address an environmental or societal challenge. The competition is an opportunity to apply core finance principles to target the economic, social and environmental challenges that drive the field of sustainable investing. Pitches might focus on areas like water, energy, food, social mobility, climate change, education or healthcare, among others. Contestants are encouraged to apply the entire spectrum of investment tools, styles and asset classes.

Graduate students from around the world are invited to participate in the Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge. Teams are limited to a maximum of four members, all of whom must be enrolled in a graduate program at the time of the prospectus submission.

- Step 1: Form a Team
Interest piqued? Begin identifying a social or environmental challenge you'd like to address and form your team. Brainstorm potential financial innovations to develop.

- Step 2: Develop Your Idea
Find or request a mentor and iterate on your idea, developing your prospectus to address financial opportunity, impact potential and overall viability.

- Step 3: Submit
Submit your two-page prospectus for first-round judging by our community of finance and impact professionals.

- Step 4: Head to the Finals
Ten selected teams will travel to the final competition and pitch in front of our panel of executive judges from some of the world's top investing entities.

Winning Criteria
The following criteria are applicable to both the first and final rounds of the competition:
- Creativity & Financial Innovation (25%)
- Impact and Scale (25%)
- Feasibility (25%)
- Quality of due Diligence and Financials (20%)
- Presentation (5%)

2017 Outcome
First Place: Kellogg School of Management
Organizer
Northwestern University - Kellogg
Morgan Stanley
Prize
Overall First Place: USD 10,000
Overall Runner-up: USD 5,000